FREDERICTON (GNB) – Wage Gap Action Plan scholarships have been awarded to 52 students entering New Brunswick's community colleges or private career colleges, as announced today by Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, who is also minister responsible for the Status of Women.

"It is encouraging to see so many deserving students earning Wage Gap Action Plan scholarships," said Blais. "By entering into non-traditional careers, these students are advancing equality and diversity in the New Brunswick workforce and for that I commend them. We need trained, motivated and talented young people to be partners with us in growing our economy."

The scholarship was launched in 2006, and has since been awarded to 326 students entering their first year at a New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), a Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) or private career college. The scholarship is intended to encourage women and men to seek careers in trades, technology and other sectors where participation by women and men has traditionally been limited.

The program, valued at $150,000, awards scholarships of up to $2,600 to help offset tuition costs for students entering their first year of study.

"The Women's Issues Branch demonstrates its commitment to reducing the wage gap by providing financial assistance to students in non-traditional areas of study," said Blais. "Every year, as these graduates enter the workforce, we get closer to reaching this goal."

Scholarship recipients

NBCC Fredericton campus

●    Andrea Vetter, Fredericton, Civil Engineering Technology
●    Bin Deng, Fredericton, Licensed Practical Nurse
●    Celeste Tahan, Fredericton, Information Technology: Programmer Analyst
●    Eunshil Son, Fredericton, Civil Engineering Technology: Building System Services

NBCC Miramichi campus

●    Amy Plaxton, Maple Glen, Electrical
●    John Calvert, Pokemouche, Personal Support Worker: Acute Care
●    Matthew McAuley, Saint John, Office Administration
●    Shayna Ann White, Miramichi, Carpentry

NBCC Moncton campus

●    Alexandria Lee Phillips, Electrical Engineering Technology: Alternate Energy Systems
●    Breanna Despres, Scoudouc, Agricultural Equipment Repair
●    Jolyane Lanteigne, Dieppe, Civil Engineering Technology: Highway and Municipal
●    Katelyn Joyce, Berry Mills, Automotive Service Technician
●    Kimberly R. Green, Rothesay, Civil Engineering Technology
●    Lisanne Foget, Moncton, Information Technology: Network Support
●    Meaghan S. Olmstead, Grandbay-Westfield, Electrical Engineering Technology: Alternate Energy Systems
●    Nicole Browne, Sussex, Civil Engineering Technology: Architectural
●    Sarah Phillips, Moncton, Information Technology: Network Support
●    Rebecca Gallant, Lower Coverdale, Information Technology: Application Development
●    Susan Fudge, Moncton, Civil Engineering Technology

NBCC Saint John campus

●    Alexandra Saunders, Saint John, Information Technology: Programmer Analyst
●    Carla Israel, Hampton, Electrical
●    David Nelson Jones, Saint John, Medical Laboratory Technology
●    Emily Piercey, Hampton, Automotive Service Technician
●    Krystal Malone, Quispamsis, Automotive Service Technician
●    Shawna MacArthur, Grandbay-Westfield, Industrial Control Technology
●    Stephanie Godin, Saint John, Automotive Service Technician
●    Steven Sparks, Saint John, Personal Support Worker
●    Tom MacRae, Rothesay, Medical Laboratory Technician
●    Victoria Buffett, Fredericton, Automotive Repair and Paint

NBCC St. Andrews campus

●    Kaitlyn Marie Derrah, Saint Andrews, Carpentry
●    Tina Ash, Oromocto, Welding
●    Veronica Kane, Sussex Corner, Electrical: Industrial

NBCC Woodstock campus

●    Emma MacDiarmid, Miramichi, Welding

CCNB Bathurst campus

●    Brenda Bossé, Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska, Mécanique de camions et remorques (truck and trailer mechanic)
●    Hélène Chiasson, Allardville, Soudage (welding)
●    Roxanne Leclerc, Saint-Quentin, Mécanique de l'automobile (automobile mechanic)
●    Cynthia Brideau, Beresford, Mécanique de l'automobile (automobile mechanic)
●    Renelle Allain, Bouctouche, Systèmes d'énergie renouvelable (renewable energy systems)

CCNB Campbellton campus

●    Monia Simard, Douglas, Ébénisterie et bois ouvré (woodworking)

CCNB Dieppe campus

●    Josée Comeau, St-Irénée, Techniques policières (policing techniques)
●    Amélie Boudreau, Bathurst, Techniques policières (policing techniques)
●    Paul Daigle, Escuminac, Service de soutien en soins prolongés (personal support worker -long-term care)

CCNB Edmundston campus

●    Janie France Gosselin, Burnsville, Technologie du génie civil - général coop (civil engineering technology, general co-op)
●    Bobby Bossé, Edmundston, Gestion de bureau (Office management)

CCNB Péninsule acadienne campus

●    Paulette Breau, Fair Isle, Soudage (welding)
●    François Larocque, Shippagan, Soins infirmiers auxiliaires (practical nursing)

Eastern Trades College

●    Kaitlynn Girouard, Saint John, Welding

Oulton College

●    Jesse Carty, Sussex, Medical Laboratory Assistant
●    Nancy Murphy, Black Rock, Policing and Corrections Foundation
●    Robyn Caissie, Moncton, Policing and Corrections Foundation
●    Patrick Alain Frenette, Dieppe, Licensed Practical Nurse

Bay Tech College

●    Heidi Lynn Frosst, Moncton, Welding


●    Women's Issues Branch